What is the difference between Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault?

Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault charges

Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault charges

Arizona law states an assault charge involve either the threat of physical harm to a person, or actual physical harm to a person due to the violent nature of the crime, ARS 13-1203.

 Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault

Arizona law divides assault charges into two offenses: simple assault or misdemeanor assault and aggravated assault, a class 3 felony in the state of Arizona.

Simple Assault

Simple assault in Arizona is considered a class 3 felony and results when you:

·      Cause physical injury to another person

·      Put someone else in fear of bodily harm

·      Touch another person with the intent to cause physical injury

If convicted of a simple assault charge, you could face the following penalties:

  • 12 months in prison

  • Up to $2,500 in fines

  • Probation

  • Other penalties

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault in Arizona results when you:

  • Cause serious physical injury to another

  • Use deadly weapon to commit a crime

  • Cause substantial disfigurement

  • Commit the assault after entering a private residence

  • Commit the assault against a police officer, prison guard, firefighter, teacher, or medical professional

If convicted of aggravated assault, you could face the following penalties:

  • 5 to 15 years in prison

  • Fines

  • Probation

  • Other penalties

If you have been charged with a simple or aggravated assault charge, contact a criminal defense attorney at the Tyler Allen Law Firm today by filling out the online form found on this page or calling (602) 456-0545.